This week, Peter The Cat is my model again…:-)
Author of first kisses, second chances and things that scare the crap out me…
First of all, hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate it, and a great holiday season…
Wow I blogged for an entire year. A full year. Those are a lot of posts, a lot of connections and friendships made ❤
Here´s my a recap of what happened on this blog and in my life in 2012(some stats-even though numbers don´t say how much I smiled thanks to all of you-pictures and past posts).
As of 12/21/2012
Top 5 posts most viewed in 2012
|What Desperate Housewives taught me about my novel…||649|
|My January books 😀||519|
|Happy Friday #8: Giveaway, Books and Thanks!||365|
|Happy Friday #13 – Jellicoe steals my heart and other stories||361|
|Query writing (part 2) – Webinar with Sara Megibow||317|
Top 5 posts most commented in 2012 (one of them is the post were I reveal my first name, fun!)
|First Campaigner Challenge: Look, don´t touch…||94|
|Pssshhhh…Top secret 🙂||51|
|Say Hello to Balzac…||48|
|Dreaming of a writing retreat…||48|
|My Love List….||47|
And here´s the recap of my year…
…. I participated in CHANGEWRITENOW…set up some goals, met some awesome people.
…I revealed my first name…I used to go only by “commutinggirl” and I used the opportunity of a Road Trip Wednesday to finally say “Hello, my name is Elodie and I´m a writer.” in the post “Pshhhhh top secret”
…I finished the first draft of my manuscript PLAYING WITH FIRE. One that now needs a rewrite and which hasn´t yet been seen fully by anyone but me: The Two Magical Little Words.
I read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS for the first time. It has now become my security blanket. When I feel down, I know I can turn to Anna (and Etienne) to lift me up.
…I asked the Writing Community to be my Valentine (well because you guys are just awesome!)
…I took part in the Platform-Building Campaign and even in the first challenge (my first flash fiction on this blog. ever)…and made it to the second round.
…Hosted my first Giveaway. It was the “I love reading” giveaway where two books were up for grabs (one for the reader of my blog and one for someone younger than them to spread the love of reading). Jessica Love won! 😀
…As I was going through the process of revising, I went through some self-doubt. Is my English good enough? and thought about it in the post entitled The Beauty of Words or the Pulchritude of Morphemes…
Hubby and I went to see a Klitschko fight! It was amazing!
I took a deep breath, reread my email a thousand times over, adding this subject line…asking Jaime if she would like to try out this CP thing. She said yes, and I not only got a wonderful Critique Partner with an eye for detail (and an amazing manuscript), I also got a new friend!
It´s the month I plunged into JELLICOE ROAD, and wow…the ride was amazing! I love this book. Really. I think it´s even my favorite read of the year. (Thanks again, Katy for gushing about it!)
My husband aka The Chemical Engineer made his first appearance on this blog, with his “A Young Engineer´s not so serious review of the Hunger Games movie”
…my hubby shared Your Significant Other is a Writer, don´t Panic…
…Some tweets made me LOL…especially these ones…
…as hubby and I went on our honeymoon in May, there were a lot of post-honeymoon recaps…including those ones:
The Magic of Teen Author Carnival. I met authors. I asked a question. I saw and talked (briefly) to Rebecca. It was simply amazing…
During our road trip, we experienced so many things. We reconnected with friends, we created new memories, we laughed a lot…We also went back to that little Bed and Breakfast I fell in love with back in 2007…
Other peoples happy news: both Erin and Elsie revealed their beautiful covers….
Got deep into Jaime´s manuscript and into drafting ONE TWO THREE…
Started making yummy desserts 😀 (Thanks to Katy again as she shared some of her favorite websites)
I read and loved MY LIFE NEXT DOOR…and the author, Huntley Fitzpatrick, agreed to let me interview her! (reading this post always makes me smile)
Yay! I was one of the lucky three winners of the query contest of Taryn (Queroine extraordinaire as I now like to call her or as she puts on her blog: writer, reader, lit agency intern, and freelance editor).
Celebrated my 31st birthday!
Celebrated our one-year anniversary…
Met my baby niece
Traveled to Russia…
I attended a webinar by Sara Megibow…and she tweeted about my overview. Sara is truly amazing and so happy I took that webinar to see how an agent goes through slush…and at the same time, her comments on my query helped me go through yet another round of revision.
I started a class on revision by Mandy Hubbard, I learned a lot and met many wonderful writers….
…Got deep into Awkward
….Found our cutie patoutie at the shelter
…Went to the Frankfurt Book Fair and hung out with great people from SCBWI
Happy news from others: Rebecca announced her book deal!
I started querying…and my motto became You just need that one...November wasn´t an easy month, as I lost my grandmother. I shared some of her wisdom in Love is what matters…
Both Katy and Christa had some exciting news to share! I´m so happy for those two lovely ladies. One snagged a wonderful agent, and the other revealed the cover of her book (one I think every teenage boy and girl ought to read) I love other people´s good news!I entered PitchWars and made it as an alternate!!!! 😀 And? Have you seen who´s teamed up with the wonderful Dahlia? I´m so happy about this….I received this beautiful ornament from Jessica (perfect for ONE TWO THREE…)Spent quality time with my hubby at the Christmas market….And…my friend Alex got an SCBWI award and will be going to the conference in NYC!!!! (see her blog for all information :D)Only a few more days until 2013…
2012 has been full of surprises, of ups and downs, of never-ending revising, of happy moments…for me and for others.I´m thankful for you! For your comments, for our interactions, sometimes for our angst-ridden emails, for the support you give me, and for being there. Really, the internet is great but it´s especially wonderful for having enabled me to connect with all of you!